Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearms License

florida concealed carry permitFlorida is a  Shall Issue state and will issue concealed carry permits to Residents and Non-Residents that meet the state requirements for a Florida concealed carry permit. There is a background check but not NICS. Your permit is currently issued by the Department of Agriculture which is not a law enforcement agency, and therefore cannot do the NICS check required by federal law. Only “law enforcement agencies” can access NICS, and therefore the federal exemption that normally applies to concealed weapon permits, does not apply to those issued in Florida. Permit valid for seven (7) years from date of issue.

  1. You must be 21 to get a conceled carry permit.
  2. Have a passport-style, color photograph made.
  3. Get verification of training that satisfies the training requirement. NRA, DD-14, state training course, etc. . Persons serving in the United States Armed Forces may submit a copy of their Military ID Card to satisfy the training requirement.
  4. Get certified copies of court documents relating to any criminal charges against you.
  5. Take the fingerprint card to a local law enforcement agency and ask to be fingerprinted. In addition to providing fingerprinting services for the traditional “hard-card” format, electronic fingerprint devices are available at almost all 67 county sheriff’s offices in the state. Visit the Electronic Fingerprints Information page to learn how Live Scan fingerprinting saves processing time.* http://licgweb.doacs.state.fl.us/CWCS/elecfingerprintinfo.html
  6. Complete the application. Either print clearly with ink or type the information.
  7. In the presence of a notary, sign application.**
  8. Submit a check or money order for the license fee of $117

* Electronic fingerprinting can dramatically reduce the permit approval time.
** Some concealed carry courses have a notary available at the time of the class

Required Documents:

  1. Application form
  2. Passport photo
  3. Training verification

Renewal Information:

    $65 – Florida Resident
    $30  WR license – retired Florida Law Enforcement and a Florida resident
    $107 – Out of state resident  ($65 renewal and $42 fingerprint card fee)

Informing law enforcement is required upon demand.

Places off-limits when carrying:

  1. any place of nuisance as defined in s. 790.06
  2. any police, sheriff, or highway patrol station
  3. any detention facility, prison, or jail; any courthouse
  4. any courtroom*
  5. any polling place
  6. any meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special district
  7. any meeting of the Legislature or a committee thereof
  8. any school, college, or professional athletic event not related to firearms
  9. any school administration building
  10. any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption*
  11. any elementary or secondary school facility
  12. any area technical center
  13. any college or university facility*
  14. inside the passenger terminal and sterile area of any airport*
  15. any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming.

Resident Permits Only: Colorado, Michigan, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina

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